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Movie: Blow(2001)[tt0221027] A boy named George Jung grows up in a struggling family in the 1950's. His mother nags at her husband as he is trying to make a living for the family. It is finally revealed that George's father cannot make a living and the family goes bankrupt. George does not want the same thing to happen to him, and his friend Tuna, in the 1960's, suggests that he deal marijuana. He is a big hit in California in the 1960's, yet he goes to jail, where he finds out about the wonders of cocaine. As a result, when released, he gets rich by bringing cocaine to America. However, he soon pays the price. Written byAnonymous
Title Blow
Release Date 25 May 2001 (UK)
Runtime
Genres Biography, Crime, Drama
Production Companies Apostle, Avery Pix, New Line Cinema
Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp...
George Jung...
Penélope Cruz
Penélope Cruz...
Mirtha Jung (as ...
Franka Potente
Franka Potente...
Barbara Buckley...
Rachel Griffiths
Rachel Griffiths...
Ermine Jung...
Paul Reubens
Paul Reubens...
Derek Foreal...
Jordi Mollà
Jordi Mollà...
Diego Delgado (a...
Cliff Curtis
Cliff Curtis...
Escobar...
Miguel Sandoval
Miguel Sandoval...
Augusto Oliveras...
Ethan Suplee
Ethan Suplee...
Tuna...
Ray Liotta
Ray Liotta...
Fred Jung...
Kevin Gage
Kevin Gage...
Leon Minghella...
Max Perlich
Max Perlich...
Kevin Dulli...
Jesse James
Jesse James...
Young George...
Miguel Pérez
Miguel Pérez...
Alessandro (as M...
Dan Ferro
Dan Ferro...
Cesar Toban...

Reviews

mattymatt4ever on 27 November 2002
I don't understand why many people I talked to either thought the film was bad or mediocre. Sure, it isn't a "great" movie, but when was the last time you saw 5 great movies in a row? A great movie comes along once in a blue moon, depending on your definition of great. I personally was very engaged in the plot. Johnny Depp gives a tour-de-force performance, fully engaging himself in the character. I'm sure he did lots of research on George Jung and tried to mimick his every mannerism, because this was far from a half-baked effort. Then again, I don't ever recall Johnny Depp doing a movie where he didn't put his full enthusiasm into the role. The movie has many tragic moments and many funny moments. The film is a little over 2 hours long, but the time flew by in a breeze. I was so enlightened that I'm anxious to do some research on the real George Jung. I'm not a fan of Penelope Cruz, and they could've chosen a much better actress, but she's only in the film about 20 or 30 minutes, so she isn't given enough time to ruin the film. Paul Reubens gives a surprisingly earnest performance as a flamboyant, bisexual hairdresser. It's too bad he's caught up in all this controversy, because he seems to have sufficient range as an actor. I loved hearing all the great classic rock songs in the soundtrack, and every time I watch the film the songs get stuck in my head and I start singing them for days on end. "Blow" is a touching drama that doesn't try to exploit the world of drugs, nor condemn it. After seeing George's tragic outcomes as a world-class coke dealer, I doubt anyone would want to get in or get back into the "business," but that doesn't necessarily mean the message is preachy. My score: 8 (out of 10)

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